Qualification(s): BA, JD, GradDip LegPrac
Lewis Hamilton is a class actions lawyer in Maurice Blackburn’s Sydney office.
He is working on the Montara Oil Spill and the NT Youth Justice class actions.
“Class actions are fundamentally about collective power: people coming together with a common goal to right a wrong done upon them,” says Lewis.
“A class action serves as an opportunity to fix systemic problems in society at large – to deter corporate misbehaviour, to challenge misconceived policies and practices, and to prevent future wrongs.”
Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of Sydney. He completed his Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the College of Law. Lewis has also worked at one of Australia’s largest trade unions, as an organiser for a major political party, and he also volunteered at the Marrickville Legal Centre and the Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre.
Lewis completed his practical legal training at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in Sydney. There, his first involvement in class actions was on a case involving a claim for the false imprisonment of children by the NSW Police, run in conjunction with Maurice Blackburn. Experience working on this class action confirmed for him the value that this type of litigation has to society at large in holding wrongdoers to account.
Lewis began his career at Maurice Blackburn as a paralegal in 2015, after which he completed our graduate lawyer program and was admitted to practice in 2017.
He has extensive experience in the Federal Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia. In addition to the Montara Oil Spill and NT Youth Justice class actions, Lewis recently represented clients in two major High Court of Australia proceedings that considered the scope of the Australian constitutional disqualification provisions, Alley v Gillespie  HCA 11 and Re Gallagher  HCA 17.
“The most rewarding thing about working in class actions is that when you achieve a positive outcome, it doesn’t just achieve an outcome for one client, but also for the many, sometimes thousands, of class members who are involved. You feel as if one case has had a big impact on the system,” says Lewis.
Accreditations & memberships
- Law Society of New South Wales member
- NSW Society of Labor Lawyers president
- NSW Young Lawyers Civil Litigation Committee member
- NSW Young Lawyers Human Rights Committee member
- NSW Labor Review Tribunal associate member
- NSW Labor Social Justice and Legal Affairs Committee member
- Maurice Blackburn Cultural Diversity Committee member